After 64 matches the funfair in Russia has come to an end.

France have emerged as world champions for the second time after previously hosting and winning in 1998.

It was an afternoon of mixed everything starting from the weather to crucial decisions taking and emotions that poured out after the final whistle.

Didier Deschamp and his youthful side started off with mother luck smiling brightly on them

France took the lead after 18 minutes when Antoine Griezmann's free-kick deflected in off Mario Mandzukic's head - but Croatia were by far the better side in the first half and deservedly equalised courtesy of Ivan Perisic's left-foot finish.


Referee Nestor Pitana then held the world in suspense for at least one minute before he took a decision regarding an incident of handball by Perisic.

He consulted the VAR screen, then took a moment (that I really consider amazing - seeing technology bow to human reasoning), he pointed at the penalty spot and the game changed forever in favour of the French.

Croatia were left nursing a burning sense of injustice. Griezmann stepped up 2-1.

In a compelling second half, France looked to have wrapped it up with two strikes in six minutes from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe either side of the hour mark.

But the red and white checkers had one moment of short lived revival.

Mandzukic took advantage of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hesitating over a clearance to pull a goal back. 4-2

That raps it up in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Another chapter in football's greatest showpiece will reopen in 2022 in Qatar.

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